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David Norwood

David Norwood (2012)
Full name David Robert Norwood
Country England Andorra
Born 3 October 1968
Farnworth, near Bolton, Lancashire, England
Title Grandmaster

David Robert Norwood (born 1968) is an English chess Grandmaster, chess writer, and businessman who now represents Andorra at chess.

The son of an electrician, Norwood read history at Keble College, Oxford University before joining city investment bank Banker's Trust in 1991. FIDE awarded him the International Master title in 1985 and the International Grandmaster title in 1989. He is less active as an over-the-board player these days, but maintains a strong interest in chess as a member of the Internet Chess Club. He has on a number of occasions captained, managed, or sponsored the England squad in major team events such as the Olympiad.

Norwood has written several books including Winning with the Modern (the Modern Defence being a favorite opening of his) and Steve Davis plays Chess (co-authored with Steve Davis). He has also written many articles on chess for the Daily Telegraph.

Norwood is Director of Special Projects at IP Group plc.

He also made a large donation in 2001 to the British Chess Federation to assist with the development of junior chess.

Illustrative games

In the following game, Norwood's hypermodern opening leads to an old-fashioned king hunt:

Norwood-Marsh, Walsall 1992

1. g3 d5
2. Nf3 Nf6
3. Bg2 e6
4. O-O Be7
5. d3 c5
6. Nbd2 Nc6
7. e4 b6
8. e5 Nd7
9. Re1 Qc7
10. Qe2 Bb7
11. h4 O-O-O
12. a3 h6
13. h5 Rdg8
14. c4 d4
15. b4 g6
16. bxc5 bxc5
17. hxg6 Rxg6
18. Rb1 h5
19. Ne4 h4
20. Bg5 Bf8
21. Nxh4 Rgg8
22. Nf3 Rh7
23. Nd6+ Bxd6
24. exd6 Qxd6
25. Bf4 Qe7
26. Rxb7 Kxb7
27. Qe4 f5 (diagram below)
28. Qxc6+!! Kxc6
29. Nxd4+ Kb6
30. Rb1+ Ka6
31. Bb7+ Ka5
32. Bd2+ Ka4
33. Bc6+ Kxa3
34. Bc1+ Ka2
35. Rb2+ Ka1
36. Nc2# 1-0

a b c d e f g h
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position after 27...f5

a b c d e f g h
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
Final position